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Old 03-04-19, 09:50 AM
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Two years after fall and broken hip. Have riden 8,000 miles since. Gets tougher when we are recovering at this age.

Anyways ended up doing 50 mile solo ride yesterday. Been about a year since did last 50. Been averaging 35 per ride for past year.

Friend and I planning on riding our age before it gets warmer here in South Florida. Last rode age in 2017, so doing one this year means 74. Hoping to average 15-16 MPH for this long a trip but depends on the wind.

Wishing everyone well.
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Old 03-04-19, 09:54 AM
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Hey jppe. See you are back. How's it going?

Any residual hip issues?

My hip okay once got a few shots but not riding at speed or distance as before.

Hope all is well.
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Old 03-04-19, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Miami Biker
Two years after fall and broken hip. Have riden 8,000 miles since. Gets tougher when we are recovering at this age.

Anyways ended up doing 50 mile solo ride yesterday. Been about a year since did last 50. Been averaging 35 per ride for past year.

Friend and I planning on riding our age before it gets warmer here in South Florida. Last rode age in 2017, so doing one this year means 74. Hoping to average 15-16 MPH for this long a trip but depends on the wind.

Wishing everyone well.

Impressive...Good on ya!
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Old 03-04-19, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Miami Biker
Hey jppe. See you are back. How's it going?

Any residual hip issues?

My hip okay once got a few shots but not riding at speed or distance as before.

Hope all is well.
Thanks for checking in! Riding is going okay.....it has been 6 months since the replacement. Iím working my way back up to the longer rides. An 80 miler is going well now. But I donít seem to have recovered the power I once had. Iím nowhere near as fast as I once was. Iíve ridden some with the local group Iíve ridden with before the crash. I do okay on the flats but I now get dropped on the hills. Before the crash I could easily stay with them and even out ride most of them. Heck, Iím getting older, was off the bike for 3 months and had a hip replaced. Maybe I should be slower????

Iím signed up for Bike Florida late March and hopefully it will be good medicine for getting some additional time in the saddle.

It sounds like your riding is going well!

Iím learning to adjust my expectations.
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Originally Posted by jppe


Thanks for checking in! Riding is going okay.....it has been 6 months since the replacement. Iím working my way back up to the longer rides. An 80 miler is going well now. But I donít seem to have recovered the power I once had. Iím nowhere near as fast as I once was. Iíve ridden some with the local group Iíve ridden with before the crash. I do okay on the flats but I now get dropped on the hills. Before the crash I could easily stay with them and even out ride most of them. Heck, Iím getting older, was off the bike for 3 months and had a hip replaced. Maybe I should be slower????

Iím signed up for Bike Florida late March and hopefully it will be good medicine for getting some additional time in the saddle.

It sounds like your riding is going well!

Iím learning to adjust my expectations.
Understand especially managing expectations. In same place. We seem to be doing great by all comparisons except to our former selves.

As before key is doing intervals of varying lengths, and then mixing with easy rides. Iím not doing enough interval training.

Letís check in later. My next goal is riding my age. Will see...
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Old 03-05-19, 07:36 AM
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Curious about the process? how long is the surgery?/recuperation for you? was it covered by insurance or did you have to pay out of pocket?
I have been dealing with trigger fingers and carpal tunnel syndrome forway to long.
I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand in mid-December. Doc said it was ok to ride after 2 weeks but my hand/wrist felt a bit weak so waited another week. No problems.
I had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand in early February. Doc said it too was ok to ride after 2 weeks but my hand/wrist felt a bit weak and kinda bruised where he also removed 2 cysts from the wrist area so waited another week. Still no problems.
The new carpal tunnel surgery is noice. There is virtually no scar and the incision is very small.

Since I retired I have never received a bill for any surgeries (stent, prostate removal, hernia, carpal, etc.). I guess between Medicare and our good insurance from past employer we are very fortunate.
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Old 03-11-19, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Miami Biker
Two years after fall and broken hip. Have riden 8,000 miles since. Gets tougher when we are recovering at this age.

Anyways ended up doing 50 mile solo ride yesterday. Been about a year since did last 50. Been averaging 35 per ride for past year.

Friend and I planning on riding our age before it gets warmer here in South Florida. Last rode age in 2017, so doing one this year means 74. Hoping to average 15-16 MPH for this long a trip but depends on the wind.

Wishing everyone well.
I too live in Miami. Looking for a hand surgeon . would you recommend the one that worked on you ?
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Old 03-11-19, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by CMBravo
I too live in Miami. Looking for a hand surgeon . would you recommend the one that worked on you ?
Hi. Medical work done by Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Drs Hospital ó orthodedic part of Baptist, in Coral Gables. Group is highly regarded by other docs.

They specialize so surgeon who did my hip would not likely do hands.

You might check out the practice. Due to renovations some docs are now at Baptist Hospital on Kendall Drive. They likely have a hand specialist.

As you probably know surgery is always a last resort so perhaps there are other treatment modalities and perhaps not.

Wish you well and glad to help if I can.
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Old 03-12-19, 07:30 PM
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I'm 68 and looking at the street out front of the house as the snow finally starts to recede a bit. Main streets are okay as they plowed them out and they have melted clear of snow, but lots of winter salt and road grit around, makes for slippery turns. Side streets have two feet of snow out from the curbs still, but the centers are clear if you don't mind dodging cars. I figure by this Thursday it will be okay, if not too wet.

Riding a Roam 3 disc, I usually do 30 kilometer rides but was adding 40 kilometer rides once a week by the end of the season last year. So tempted to pick up a vintage drop bar bike just to try out the drops for a longer ride. Test rode a Trek Cross Rip a few weeks ago and liked the very short ride, but am not ready to spend the money based on that short trip. Started riding last July, took a while to get the body used to riding, lost 11 pounds over 4 months, from 202 down to 191 pounds but gained 6 of those back over winter. Can't wait to get back on the saddle.

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Old 03-15-19, 04:21 PM
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Back at cycling after a half century

Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Okay folks - here is the 65+ thread.
Iím 71 and just started riding again. My younger friend has been pushing me to do so. We both moved to the same 55plus development and he wanted someone to ride with and knew Iíd really enjoy it.

So so far Iíve just gone on a handful of short rides. My legs are telling me how much I can do. So far itís been great and as the weather turns to true spring Iíll be riding more and more.

Iíll be back
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Old 03-16-19, 03:04 PM
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Old 03-16-19, 04:15 PM
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^^ What He said.^^
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Old 03-23-19, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by BEC111

Iím 71 and just started riding again. My younger friend has been pushing me to do so. We both moved to the same 55plus development and he wanted someone to ride with and knew Iíd really enjoy it.

So so far Iíve just gone on a handful of short rides. My legs are telling me how much I can do. So far itís been great and as the weather turns to true spring Iíll be riding more and more.

Iíll be back
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Old 03-24-19, 08:07 AM
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74 here, i have not done much riding since i came back from the philippines in early dec. both knees are holding back my riding adventures, while in the ph i could only manage 6 mile rides, i did one 15 mile but the old knees would have none of it. i am scheduled for a right knee replacement in may. the doc said i was to old to do both knees at once, so it will have to be the right then the left. not looking forward to the long recovery but it's got to be done. photo of my 2002 jamis komado i use in the ph.
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Old 03-24-19, 08:18 AM
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74 here, i have not done much riding since i came back from the philippines in early dec. both knees are holding back my riding adventures, while in the ph i could only manage 6 mile rides, i did one 15 mile but the old knees would have none of it. i am scheduled for a right knee replacement in may. the doc said i was to old to do both knees at once, so it will have to be the right then the left. not looking forward to the long recovery but it's got to be done.
Good luck to you. Nice looking Jamis.
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69 and frustrated. First one knee was bothering me, took a year plus a few months to heal up. Then the other knee decided it wanted all the attention, it's been about a year now and I thinik...maybe....it is in the final stages of healing. Frustrated because my daily rides have been limited to 10 miles and going mostly on flats to not aggravate things further. Maybe it would have healed faster if I hadn't be on the bike at all, but I'd go insane. And my bike is also my car. So I've been babying it along and now spring is here and I'm trying to hold back and not do something stupid. Chronic stuff is just the pits. It's not the pain, which I can totally ignore, it's knowing it's going to take a very long time and I can't push it. Of course, I have no idea what the problem has been....I think meniscus, but my doc basically said I was too old to have surgery on them, just to wait until they completely crap out and get knee replacements. Hoping to put that off for a long time. I've got a small motor unit coming that I can pop on and off the bike so I'm hoping judicious use of that will prevent me from going backwards in the healing process, I'm just really desperate to do long rides.
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Earlier in March mentioned two of us wanted to ride our age (74 in 10 days for me and 72 soon for friend).

Well today the stars came into alignment and we rode 76.7 miles in five hours. Goal was to average over 15 MPH which we did.

First age ride since 2017 when broke my hip; so very pleased to do this again.

FWIW seemed to get stronger the longer we road. Hard to believe but feels great. Wonderful sense of achievement even though it matters little in reality.

With this ride reached 611 miles in March — the most in some time.
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Originally Posted by linberl
69 and frustrated. First one knee was bothering me, took a year plus a few months to heal up. Then the other knee decided it wanted all the attention, it's been about a year now and I thinik...maybe....it is in the final stages of healing. Frustrated because my daily rides have been limited to 10 miles and going mostly on flats to not aggravate things further...
Knees are the ďAchilles HeelĒ of people our age. As you point out it takes for-frigging-ever for our bodies to heal.

I experience intermittent problems - and determining the cause is difficult. Some long rides (60 miles+), no problems. Some short rides, problems. Fortunately itís been nothing too limiting or serious.

Bike fit, foot position, pedaling motion are things that come up when you read about cycling and knee problems. I love to run and a few years back I damaged my meniscus (according to an MRI) and a sports medicine doc told me I was done. Not happy with that, I went to a trainer who works with people with running injuries and she laid out a recovery program that worked for me. I donít do the mileage I once did, but Iím still running two or three times a week (in the winter). Maybe itís worth investigating bike fit and training for your knee issues.
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Originally Posted by linberl
69 and frustrated. First one knee was bothering me, took a year plus a few months to heal up. Then the other knee decided it wanted all the attention, it's been about a year now and I thinik...maybe....it is in the final stages of healing. Frustrated because my daily rides have been limited to 10 miles and going mostly on flats to not aggravate things further. Maybe it would have healed faster if I hadn't be on the bike at all, but I'd go insane. And my bike is also my car. So I've been babying it along and now spring is here and I'm trying to hold back and not do something stupid. Chronic stuff is just the pits. It's not the pain, which I can totally ignore, it's knowing it's going to take a very long time and I can't push it. Of course, I have no idea what the problem has been....I think meniscus, but my doc basically said I was too old to have surgery on them, just to wait until they completely crap out and get knee replacements. Hoping to put that off for a long time. I've got a small motor unit coming that I can pop on and off the bike so I'm hoping judicious use of that will prevent me from going backwards in the healing process, I'm just really desperate to do long rides.
Aprox 2.5 yrs ago ,I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Had been at the beach with my dog(rottweiler 124 lbs) and apparently he pulled and I went down. A torn meniscus placed me out of commision for a while . After enduring several weeks of pain I went to my rheumatologist. xrays and said 3 options were available. surgery ,do nothing and go to occupational or sports therapy or chicken shots . .....viscosupplementation, in which hyaluronic acid -- a substance that acts as a shock absorber or cushion -- is injected into the knee joint..
I been riding 16-30 miles several. times a week since.You MAY WANT TO EXPLORE if this may work for you.
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Old 04-01-19, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Greenhil


Knees are the ďAchilles HeelĒ of people our age. As you point out it takes for-frigging-ever for our bodies to heal.

I experience intermittent problems - and determining the cause is difficult. Some long rides (60 miles+), no problems. Some short rides, problems. Fortunately itís been nothing too limiting or serious.

Bike fit, foot position, pedaling motion are things that come up when you read about cycling and knee problems. I love to run and a few years back I damaged my meniscus (according to an MRI) and a sports medicine doc told me I was done. Not happy with that, I went to a trainer who works with people with running injuries and she laid out a recovery program that worked for me. I donít do the mileage I once did, but Iím still running two or three times a week (in the winter). Maybe itís worth investigating bike fit and training for your knee issues.
I did the bike fit thing but I probably should just do it again, one new bike (although I tried to copy the fit measurements) and it's been a few years. I do some exercises they PT gave me for my knees, but honestly I don't think that helps. They said to build up the surrounding muscles, which I've done, but it's had limited effect. What is weird is it never hurts while I am on the bike - it just hurts
like crazy at night turning in bed or if I try to bend it after being out straight sleeping. I ride with platforms at the advice of the PT, too, so I'm not locked in and my feet can "find" their own
happy place supposedly.
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Aprox 2.5 yrs ago ,I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Had been at the beach with my dog(rottweiler 124 lbs) and apparently he pulled and I went down. A torn meniscus placed me out of commision for a while . After enduring several weeks of pain I went to my rheumatologist. xrays and said 3 options were available. surgery ,do nothing and go to occupational or sports therapy or chicken shots . .....viscosupplementation, in which hyaluronic acid -- a substance that acts as a shock absorber or cushion -- is injected into the knee joint..
I been riding 16-30 miles several. times a week since.You MAY WANT TO EXPLORE if this may work for you.
All the best-
Eeeck, I'm such a needle phobe, lol. Do the shots hurt? Did I say "eeck" already? Funny you mention your dog as that is exactly how my problem started!!!!! I was walking my pooch and
had taken a step forward and she hit the brakes and pulled me sideways, rotating my knee but not my foot. I could barely walk for a couple weeks. But my doc was pretty sure it would heal
on it's own if given enough time and I prefer to avoid surgery (and needles) if possible. My guess is the other knee started hurting as a result of my favoring the injured one so much. I'll ask my
doc about these shots at my next appointment, but if they hurt a lot I'm probably too "chicken" to get the chicken shots. Thanks for the tip.
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Eeeck, I'm such a needle phobe, lol. Do the shots hurt? Did I say "eeck" already? Funny you mention your dog as that is exactly how my problem started!!!!! I was walking my pooch and
had taken a step forward and she hit the brakes and pulled me sideways, rotating my knee but not my foot. I could barely walk for a couple weeks. But my doc was pretty sure it would heal
on it's own if given enough time and I prefer to avoid surgery (and needles) if possible. My guess is the other knee started hurting as a result of my favoring the injured one so much. I'll ask my
doc about these shots at my next appointment, but if they hurt a lot I'm probably too "chicken" to get the chicken shots. Thanks for the tip.

:I have never been trough surgery,If you get sick ,I will call but wont go in the hospital. but prefer a quick needle shot than a scalpel any day of the week .The scar alone of knee surgery is scary enough.Do the shots hurt ? depends on the person giving it. some do it right (painless) some do it wrong.If done right it is quicker than the surgery .In my case I went once a week for 3 weeks.Id do it again if needed.
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:I have never been trough surgery,If you get sick ,I will call but wont go in the hospital. but prefer a quick needle shot than a scalpel any day of the week .The scar alone of knee surgery is scary enough.Do the shots hurt ? depends on the person giving it. some do it right (painless) some do it wrong.If done right it is quicker than the surgery .In my case I went once a week for 3 weeks.Id do it again if needed.
I will ask about it. If it's something that lasts a long time and doesn't need to be repeated often, it is definitely better than surgery. I wonder if taking Hyaluronic Acid supplements would work? No needles.
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Originally Posted by linberl
I will ask about it. If it's something that lasts a long time and doesn't need to be repeated often, it is definitely better than surgery. I wonder if taking Hyaluronic Acid supplements would work? No needles.
you r really scared of needles. well I must admit am to. Am more scared of surgery. you should google knee surgery videos. All I can say is I had my shots at the end of 2016 and have not looked back.. NOW I have trigger fingers . not fun getting old.
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